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The Best Samosa in Toronto

OK, we have done bagels. Now it is time for another tasty treat: Samosas!!

Surati Sweet Mart on Gerrard has fantastic ones. They are a little greasy, but sooo tasty. In typical Toronto fashion, I discovered these ones when stuck in a car with transgendered guy from the beaches, carpooling to a bar mitzvah (which is where I first discovered Gryfe's).

There are also some good baked ones (healthy) in a place called The Pastry Shop on Kingston Rd.

What are your favourites?

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  1. Sultan of Samosas on O'Connor just south of Vic. Park/Eglinton. FYI, they don't have the traditional dough. Instead they have a sheet dough that is wrapped around the filling much like phyllo is in making spanikopita. I like it better -- but, it is different.

    I particularly like their lentil (with lots of cumin -- the only flavour actually spicy), the mutton (with peas and cilantro), Spinach and cheese (paaneer), and potato and cheese (cheddar I think and a touch of cumin -- excellent with tamarind). The rest of the flavours are also good. The only odd one is the chicken which ahs enough ginger to give it an almost chinese taste.

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    1. re: Atahualpa

      OK. This is the place at Sunrise and O'Connor. I see it all the time. So it is worth stopping there. Thanks for the tip.

      1. re: Tasty Tater

        I stopped there tonight. I had the chicken, veggie, and spinach and cheese.

        I enjoyed them, but was not bowled over. The were certainly better than average. They are pretty small, and relatively expensive.

        If you haven't had the Surati ones, you need to check them out to understand the yardstick I am using; they are tastier, much bigger, and less expensive (but only come in veggie).

        As for The Sultan, I will go back. Certainly worth eating more. Thanks for the tip.

      2. re: Atahualpa

        Sorry, I hate this place.. poor samosas IMO.

        1. re: NovoCuisine

          Really? Why? Fillings, dough, or prep? Not that you don't have a right to your opinion! But, they get good billing in several previous postings.

          See:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. re: Atahualpa

            I don't like the dough. They seem more like savoury pastries than samosas.

            1. re: NovoCuisine

              Poor samosas???

              Is there really such a thing??

              DT

          2. re: NovoCuisine

            Me too. One time I drove all the way from Etobicoke, stood in the line up for a half hour and was very disappointed. I know my samosas and I will never go back. Its cheal but not flavourful. I would rather pay $1 each for very good samosas than get 5 not so good ones for a dollar.

          1. re: AmandaEd

            Agreed. Samosa King wins for sheer value. Excellent quality vegetarian samosas - 5 for a dollar. No other flavours, sadly. But the veggie ones are soooo good. They are dangerous to have in your car -- last time I bought 30 and ate about 8 of them on the way home.

          2. Is Samosa King the place at Middlefield and Sheppard(?)? If so, they're pretty good, but small. The best, imho, are from the Singh Supermarket (where they have a 'Crispy Pizza' sign), on Abion Rd. east of Hwy 27. 4 for $1, and stuffed with delicious, spicy veg. Great sauces, too.

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            1. re: Yongeman

              Is this location a supplier or a restaurant? I'm looking for a supplier. Thanks to anyone who can help me with this and in the northern end of Toronto, if possible. Thanks again. This is a great web sight.

              1. re: Smilie

                Well, they are prepared on the site and in sight, deep fried in a huge pan in batches of 50 or so. Then the samosas are sold at the checkout of the store. You can call ahead to order larger batches.
                I see that I made a typo when I wrote, 'Albion Road' in the previous post (almost 5 years ago). I think that this address is more accurate:
                Singh Food Center
                1729 Albion Road,
                Telephone: (416) 741-1212‎

            2. Samosa King, North east corner of Middlefield and Finch.
              end of debate :)

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              1. re: Suresh

                I like the ones from Mistaan Catering, but I can't remember the exact street address. Off Victoria Park same plaza as Hickory House restaurant. Around Finch.... They are very fat and well seasoned, lovely pastry.

                1. re: Lipant

                  I second this!

                  Mistaan Sweets has the best samosas. Hands down. I've tried many in my day.

                  Samosa King is good, but it's not as good as Mistaan Sweets.

                  They carry the large, stuffed with potato/peas, with an amazing tamarind sauce that you have to ask for - they don't include it. The service is kind of stuffy over there too - 'cause they know they can be. The samosas are that good. Their sweets are yummy too.

                  They're at 460 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto (Vic Park and McNicoll)
                  http://www.mistaan.com/sweets.html

                  -Foodhogger (man, i have to get back there and review this place...it's on my list!!!)

                2. re: Suresh

                  What kind of filling do they have?

                  1. re: baby_tran

                    If you're asking about Samosa King, they only have the standard potato filling. But they are very, very good.

                3. I love the samosa's at Simba Grill on Donlands Ave. I'm constantly craving them - either the beef or the vegetable ones. They're both great!

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                  1. re: sierramum

                    What else would you recommend at Simba Grill besides the samosas? Simba Grill has been on my "must try" list for a while, hopefully I'll be able to try them out soon!

                    1. re: spaetzle

                      Going to Simba Grill is like eating in a friends kitchen(if that friend lives in Tanzania!)You would do well to let the owner guide you, they are extremely friendly and helpful. We tried way too much!
                      Liked Daal Bhaji, Channa Bateta, and some other appetizers they recommended. For mains we had beef ribs and you have to try Ugali,served with your choice of curry(we liked the coconut chicken. They have really interesting soft drinks: lichee, pomegranate,some berry mixtures. All in all very enjoyable, but definitely not fancy.

                      1. re: Leslieville

                        spaetzle, go along with what Leslieville suggested. The first time we ordered there (we live just a couple streets away so we don't eat there) my hubby ordered just what he'd order at an Indian restaurant. Bad move. This is an African place so go with their specialties. I love that you can order samosas by the dozen for an excellent price! Also, they sell snacks in clear plastic containers. I don't know what it's called but the mixed snack (kinda' like a trail mix) is sooooo good. I couldn't stop eating it, lol!

                  2. Excellent samosas with a bit of a twist can be found at Blue Bay Cafe for $1. It's a Mauritian resto on Dundas just north of Roncessvales, just south of Bloor - this place is only open fri and sat. I love their hot sauce and tomato chutney.

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                    1. re: DDD

                      Are they ever open? Everytime I pass by on a Wednesday or Thursday night, they are never open.

                    2. Large, greasy, samosa goodness at Moti Mahal at Coxwell/Gerrard.

                      1. Samosa King. Mmmmmm.
                        I drive out of my way to go there, pick up 20 - 30 at a time, and never get out of the parking lot before I've scarfed down 1 or 2. The price of 5 for $1 probably explains the smaller size. I prefer the smaller size, because I love the crunchy edges and smaller gives a better soft filling to crunchy edge ratio.

                        1. Far west-end? Try Kwality Sweets on Steeles near Torbram--2 for a buck monsters mit sauces.

                          1. The woman in the Ethiopian Village on the Danforth east of Woodbine makes some tasty ones. Order in advance if you want large quantities.

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                            1. re: courgette

                              Ooops... someone just told me that the Ethiopian Village closed down. Shame. I rather enjoyed their food.

                            2. It's Sunday morning and I'm totally craving about 5 or 6 samosas for breakfast/brunch now. :)

                              1. I never knew what a samosa was until I went to Falafel Garden last month and they had some triangle pastry looking things at the counter.. I tried a "chicken samosa" and im pretty sure they use the same chicken from their shawarma (white meat).. its the only place I've ever had this "samosa" from and i thought I hated the first one, but then it grew on me a bit

                                any other good places in Mississauga or Brampton for a chicken samosa .. not mutton or anything weird like that

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                                1. re: duckdown

                                  I have to agree that Samosa King is a bargain and makes pretty good samosas.

                                  1. re: Spice City Toronto

                                    Samosa King is a bargain. Let's just leave it at that.

                                    Underspiced, miniscule fillings of prechopped frozen potatoes, and a couple of strands of carrot, in a thick doughy pastry does not qualify as a "good samosa".

                                    1. re: ManAbout

                                      If ever near the big temple at 27 and finch, there's the temple store across the temple called sayona/shayona, they have really good spicy samosas, with a lot of filling,but they are like 75 cents each

                                      1. re: ManAbout

                                        I'm glad at least a few people here understand that the Samosa King product is sub-standard. But then the ones who like SK probably also eat at AYCE sushi places.

                                        Across from Fresh from the Farm on Donlands, you will find Simba Grill which has some really nice samosas for around $10 a dozen.

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                                        Simba Grill
                                        375 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3S2, CA

                                        1. re: foodyDudey

                                          been hearing about Simba for a few years. I live near there, yet never have gone.

                                          1. re: atomeyes

                                            You should, go, the samosas are good and they have some other interesting items on the menu.

                                            1. re: atomeyes

                                              It's all about the beef samosas at Simba Grill for me. Not such a fan of the veggie ones.

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                                              Simba Grill
                                              375 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3S2, CA

                                    2. I seem to have read somewhere that Mistaan has Pea samosas. Can someone please confirm?
                                      Any other places that have pea samosas or veggie samosas without potato?

                                      1. Asian Food Center in Mississauga makes gorgeous samosas and sauces.

                                        I just tried a samosa at the Amaya in the Eaton Centre's Urban Eatery and it was delicious.

                                        1. Karachi Bazar (Pharmacy/Ellesmere), has a takeout place in the back - it only has meat samosas and they are a bit spicy, (green chillies) but they are excellent when freshly made. I think they are 50 cents each, hard not to eat 10 of them.

                                          1. Sweet Palace in Brampton. Came with amazing green parsley sauce for dipping. Divine.

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                                            Sweet Palace
                                            1098 Peter Robertson Boul, Brampton, ON L6R3A5, CA

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                                            1. re: bakersdelight

                                              Are you sure it was parsley sauce? I bet it was coriander (cilantro)

                                            2. I like the ones at South Indian Dosa Mahal (Landsdowne and Bloor)

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                                              South Indian Dosa Mahal Restaurant
                                              1284 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1N8, CA

                                              1. Eastern Twist at St. Clair and Bathurst makes the best samosas I've ever tasted. Simple filling, just potato and spices, no peas. Fresh, non-greasy, very very hot, perfectly seasoned. They're made to order, so there can be a bit of a wait, as long as 15 minutes. Well worth the wait in my opinion. Oh, and their chutneys are good too, really fresh and flavourful.

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                                                1. re: 5secondrule

                                                  I love Eastern Twist, their samosas are damn good.

                                                2. Do any of the better Samosa places sell bite-size or 2-bite samosas, in addition to the standard size? I've bought frozen bite-size samosas, but the fresh ones are so much better.

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                                                  1. re: prima

                                                    I have bought small samosas - they are available at most Indian grocery stores.They don't have potato or peas inside but some kind of spicy mixture along with lentils. They come in packs of 20 odd and are a good snack with tea. I dont know of any place that cooks them on premises.

                                                    1. re: prima

                                                      You're looking for Sultan of Samosas. The appetizer version is two-bite sized. Lots of variety (okay 10) and available frozen or cooked on site. They don't seem to wanna sell fresh, unfrozen to me yet. I'm working on it. Regardless, deep-fried and damn tasty. You can also bake them, but you'll sacrifice some taste for calories.
                                                      http://www.sultanofsamosas.com/

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                                                      Sultan Of Samosas
                                                      1677 O'Connor Dr, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

                                                      1. re: Googs

                                                        Thanks, Googs. I'll give Sultan of Samosas a try!

                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                          Achhh...I hear that Sultan of Samosas has switched to another pastry/shell/crust. It is apparently a doughier shell instead of the almost phyllo wrapper I loved!

                                                          Has anyone been there lately and noticed the change?

                                                      2. Bengali Sweets on Islington, just north of Albion.
                                                        3 for $1
                                                        Delicious.

                                                        1. The best Samosa's by far are at Friends Sweets & Tandoori in Brampton (860 North Park Dr). They are cheap and delicious! Perfectly fried, the veggie filling of fresh cut potatoes, peas, cumin etc will not disappoint. I believe its 3 for $1 and they are generous sizes. We've been eating them for several years now. We live 40 min away and Im planning on ordering 30 for my Christmas party. You have to try them!

                                                          1. Best I've had are from a little Indian grocery store in Oakville, on Kerr Street just north of Speers in the same strip mall as Organic Garage. It used to be called Golden Grocery when I first started going there about 20 years ago.

                                                            They're about 50 cents each. They have a nice chickpea flour dough wrapper (not that thin phylo-ey stuff you sometimes get) and are filled with potatoes, peas and lots of aromatic spices with a nice heat to them.

                                                            1. A-One Catering's are the best, easily. Simba Grill second. Samosa King twenty seventh ;)

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                                                              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                For meat samosa - Simba Grill, which is conveniently located across the street from Fresh From the Farm.

                                                                In my opinion the best veggie samosa are from Surati Sweet Mart and they have the best tamarind dipping sauce!

                                                                Recently tried them after being disappointed with Mistaan Sweets.

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                                                                Simba Grill
                                                                375 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3S2, CA

                                                                Surati Sweet Mart Ltd
                                                                26 Carnforth Rd, Toronto, ON M4A2K7, CA

                                                                1. re: LovelyAsia

                                                                  I actually went today to try the samosas at Surati Sweet Mart. They had two sizes...mini (one-bite size) at 5/$1.00 and regular at 65 cents each. I must say that these are not even in the same league as the ones that I get at 4/$1.00 (full size!) from Singh Food Centre on Albion Rd. They were ok for flavour, but lacked any punch. Also, the tamarind sauce was watery and pretty tasteless, compared to the sweet/sour/salty one from Singh Farms, who give green chile sauce as well.